Tommy and the forest band

This post is going to be packed full of pictures because I couldn’t resist taking them while I was making this and I can’t seem to resist editing them down either.

This artwork has been many months (if not a year) in the making and I am glad to have finally passed it along to my lovely friend (and co-worker). She sits next to me and was very kind and patient to wait so long for it! You may recall I made a cute little fox card for Tommy’s mom during a baby shower we had at the office (or just click here to see it: Foxy Mamma). For that card I chose a foxy mamma and kit because she and her husband were going to have a forest themed nursery and I wanted to make sure the card fit in with their decor (in case she wanted to frame it… which she did). I just knew more fun artwork would be heading her way with that theme!

Now that Tommy is nearly 1.5 years old I have learned so much about him! He is pretty good at eating his veggies, loves music, looks adorable in plaid and even dressed up as a baby raccoon on his first Halloween. Too cute!

This design was actually pretty easy to dream up since I had visions of jamming forest animals in my head as soon as Angie mentioned having me make some artwork for Tommy. In my original sketch the fox was playing a tambourine, which looked great as a drawing but didn’t look great made out of paper. I eventually came up with the maracas and it turned out perfect (even more so because Tommy’s dad happens to be a high school Spanish teacher and may have used some maracas in his classroom a time or two).

Like I said, a lot of photos were taken during the process of making this and even more so of the completed little critters. I am very proud of this work and as I look back at some of my older creations, I am pretty impressed with my ever improving skills! A big shout out to all of my friends and family members who keep having babies…as you are allowing me to improve my craft with every project I make for your little ones!

Enjoy! Finished artwork measures in at 8.5” x 11”. Fox measures about 3”.

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raccoon drummer

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rough first sketch

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final sketch on tracing paper

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leftover scraps

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tambourine to maracas switch up

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completed fox and deer

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full shot of the whole band

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this one’s for you, tommy!

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